Trustee Chairperson

The role of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees. The Chair’s aim is to enable the board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

The main responsibilities of the chair are to:

· Chair and organise board meetings and set agendas.
· Provide leadership for the Board of Trustees in their role of setting the strategy and policy of the organisation.
· Represent the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
· Act as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate.
· Attend and be a member of working groups when appropriate.
· Appraising the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis
· Regularly refreshing the Board of Trustees incorporating the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the Charity effectively, reflecting the wider population
· Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, as s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives.
· Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles.
· Maintain regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges.
· Liaise with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the Charity’s affairs, providing support, as necessary.
· Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Chief Executive in consultation with other Trustees.
· Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support.

The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive

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